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2008-07-16 18:00:21

By Liz Doup, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 16--If you want a body that looks fit and fabulous, you don't have to look far for inspiration. Hit the beach -- it's the dead of summer, after all -- and check out the lifeguards. Tight tummies. Toned thighs. Strong shoulders. How do they do it? They run. They row. They lift weights. And though these folks watch the water all day long, they still love to swim. It helps that workout time is built into their jobs. They typically...

2008-07-16 09:00:44

By Alicia Rimel, The News Virginian, Waynesboro, Va. Jul. 16--The drowning deaths of two people in the Valley within a month should point to the need to take extra care when taking a dip to escape the summer heat, emergency officials say. "Water is a fun thing, but it can also be dangerous," said Hamp Hall, director of preparedness and response for the American Red Cross. "It is not a good idea to swim in unsupervised and undesignated areas. This does increase chances for things to...

2008-07-12 15:00:15

By Nate Kelly, Walton Sun, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. Jul. 12--Whether it's a matter of more people on the beach or more rescue personnel patrolling the beach, this year is seeing twice as many water rescues as compared to last year's numbers. "The weather plays a big part of it," said Deputy Chief Sean Hughes of the South Walton Fire District. "The surf and wave action was particularly volatile during the spring; this moved the sandbar confi guration and created a lot of rip currents,"...

2008-07-11 18:00:18

LIFEGUARDS and police teams are joining forces to make North East beaches safer. Officers from Whitley Bay in North Tyneside can now tune into the lifeguards' radios and quickly become alerted to any problems along the coast. Insp Tony Blacklock said: "Having radio access to the lifeguards means officers can respond swiftly if they are needed on our beaches. It's reassuring for the public to know officers are in radio contact with lifeguards. "It all adds up to us providing a better...

2008-07-11 12:00:31

By Katie Curley, The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass. Jul. 11--SALISBURY -- Early yesterday morning a line of cars idled, waiting to get into the Salisbury Beach State Reservation as myriad colored umbrellas, towels and chairs lined the beach. On a hot summer day, the reservation and Salisbury center can be a busy place for lifeguards, and this year it seems even more hectic. "I think because of the gas prices, people are staying local and coming here," said lifeguard Kris Reslow....

2008-07-04 15:00:24

By Jennifer D Jordan WESTERLY -- The lifeguards at Misquamicut State Beach earned their $10 an hour Monday. They pulled nine people out of treacherous rip-tide currents that can form instantly, and drag even strong swimmers far from shore. "People don't realize how dangerous [rip tides] are, and then they get caught all of a sudden," said Bonnie Mello, Misquamicut's beach manager. About 1,500 visitors come to the beach each day, watched by one dozen to two dozen lifeguards. When...

2008-06-22 06:00:13

By Kelly Puente, Press-Telegram, Long Beach, Calif. Jun. 22--LONG BEACH -- A 10-year-old girl was in critical condition Saturday after nearly drowning in a community swimming pool at a mobile home park in West Long Beach, authorities said. Residents at the community pool in Windward Village, 3595 Santa Fe Ave., discovered the girl floating face down in about three feet of water at 12:23 p.m., said Long Beach Fire Department Capt. Mike DuRee. Witnesses had laid the girl out on the pool...

2008-06-21 06:00:11

By Charles Schillinger, The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa. Jun. 21--GOULDSBORO -- There should be lifeguards at state park beaches. A week after the death of 17-year-old Thomas Golden Jr., Auditor General Jack Wagner redoubled his department's call for just that. Mr. Golden was electrocuted from a lightning strike while swimming at a lakeside beach at Gouldsboro State Park just before 6 p.m. June 14. An Olyphant resident, he had just finished his junior year at Mid Valley High School...

2008-06-19 09:00:30

The Virginian-Pilot A man who was pulled from the surf Friday in Corolla has been identified. Efforts to revive Darrell Pepper, 64, of Brownsville, Pa., were unsuccessful after lifeguards pulled him from the ocean near the Pine Island neighborhood of Corolla, said Currituck County spokesman Randall Edwards. He was swimming when lifeguards saw him begin to struggle in the water about 2:40 p.m. At the time, officials did not release his identity. Drowning has not been determined as the...

2008-05-27 15:00:18

South Florida beaches are displaying warnings for swimmers about rip currents and jellyfish in the surf after deadly Memorial Day incidents, officials said. Over the weekend lifeguards had to rescue at least six people from rough water at Crandon and Haulover beaches, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Elkin Sierra told The Miami Herald on Tuesday. Similarly, in Volusia County at least 150 people had to be pulled out of currents along the beach. A riptide apparently pulled a...


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